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Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

January 17, 2017. The Holy See has issued a statement Tuesday in response to "attempts by the Order of Malta to discredit” the new group established by the Vatican to conduct the investigation of why the Chancellor of the Order of Malta was asked to step down.

Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

January 16, 2017. On Monday morning, a Turkish cargo plane has tragically crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing dozens and hospitalizing many others. Many homes and vehicles in the small village are also destroyed. As a result, Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent a message of condolences to the victims of the disaster on behalf of Pope Francis.

Pope Francis to meet with Palestinian president on Saturday

January 11, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, January 14, at the Vatican to inaugurate the new Palestinian embassy to the Holy See.

Former Director of the Vatican's school for diplomats, Justo Mullor dies

December 30, 2016. The smiling archbishop Justo Mullor died this morning in Rome, at the Pío XI Clinic. He was 84 years old.
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Pope approves new decrees for the Causes of Saints

December 22, 2016. On Wednesday, December 21, Pope Francis authorized the following decrees for the Causes of Saints:

A new book offers a surprising look inside the Vatican’s Secret Archives


The writings are accompanied by text and photos of the Vatican Archives building.

Then, on page 46, readers can find a papal document condemning and excommunicating Martin Luther.

The diverse collection also includes correspondent with some of the world’s most celebrated artists, like Bernini. The architect of St. Peter’s Basilica, writes to the pope requesting payment for his work at Saint Mary Mayor’s Basilica and the famous Bernini’s Angels that line the bridge at Castle St. Angelo. In all Bernini was requesting more than 8 thousand scudi. 

In the year 1550, Michelangelo also wrote a letter requesting payment and saying a long conclave was stalling his work on the basilica’s dome. 

That conclave was the one that elected Pius VI. It took more than three months and the official ballot is a part of this collection too.

A collection of that gives readers around the world a taste of what lies inside the walls of the Vatican.